The TAG Heuer Monaco replica (formerly ARTO Monaco) is a series of automatic chronograph watches originally launched by TAG Heuer in 1969 in honor of the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is revolutionary as the first self-winding chronograph and the first square chronograph. In Hollywood movie star Steve McQueen used a watch using accessories for his character in the 1971 film Le Mans. For decades after his death, the use of film stills made the watch synonymous with McQueen. Although discontinued in the mid-1970s, as McQueen became more and more popular, Monaco re-issued new designs in 1998 and re-introduced Monaco with a new mechanism in 2003.
The watch usually has a pair of buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock. The minute and hour counters have dials at 9 and 3 o’clock, respectively. At 6 o’clock there is a manually entered date window. The fake watch shop also has beveled square and rectangular hour markers (the dial with a “waffle” type cross-hatched marker is a future replica). In the original version, the crown is located at 9 o’clock in the square case. The shape at the time was revolutionary for chronographs.
Earlier versions came with two different color schemes. The first (indicated by the letter B at the end of the reference code) has a metallic blue dial with white registers. The other (represented by the letter G) has a metallic gray dial and registers. The puppet model is less popular with collectors.
Named in honor of the Formula One race, originally designed by Jack Heuer, Monaco was launched in Geneva and New York in 1969 . This best swiss replica watches uses Calibre 11 (also known as Chronomatic) and is the first self-winding chronograph. Monaco is the first square and waterproof chronograph.
Monaco 1133 became synonymous when worn in Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans. When McQueen sought advice from his friend Jo Siffert to improve the accuracy of his racer role, his connection to this model began. Siffert is not only a racing driver but also a spokesman for TAG Heuer and Gulf Oil. At McQueen’s request, Siffert lent him his racing suit, which was decorated with the colors of Gulf Oil and embroidered with a “Chronograph HEUER” badge on his right breast. In order to perfect the appearance, McQueen chose the new B model Calibre 12 Monaco.